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Meisho Edo Hiakkei (Hundred Views of Edo, Famous Places)

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Hiroshige's extremely successful final print series, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, was of a genre known as "pictures of famous scenes" (meisho-e) that became popular with the rise of the tourism industry in Japan in the early nineteenth century.Hiroshige was known for dramatic, asymmetrical compositions approached from unusual vantage points, and for utilizing newly available Western techniques of linear perspective to create depth. In this print the viewer, down at the level of the flowers, is looking over the famous gardens of Horikiri, the village that produced irises for the flower markets of Edo.

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